Gilt Furniture

To gild something is literally to make it appear gold, and gilding as a technique involves the application of a thin coating of gold to a surface. Gilt furniture refers to pieces produced using any of several techniques, from the application of gold leaf or gold paint to a surface, to the use of chemical processes to produce a golden patina (such as in ormolu or bronze doré).

Gilt furniture became popular during the Baroque, when dramatic and vibrant colour was an important stylistic attribute. Gilding remained a popular decorative technique and aesthetic style during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when gilt bronze, particularly gilt bronze mounts, was prized as a symbol of luxury and excellence. Gilt furniture retains these connotations to this day, as demonstrated by Mayfair Gallery’s extensive collection of antique gilt furniture visible below.

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Style
  1. Neoclassical 101
  2. Louis XVI 51
  3. Empire 37
  4. Louis XV 25
  5. Rococo 25
  6. Belle Époque 19
  7. Floral 16
  8. Boulle 13
  9. Classical 11
  10. Napoleon III 10
  11. Victorian 9
  12. Baroque 9
  13. Figurative Art 8
  14. Renaissance 7
  15. Louis XIV 7
  16. Egyptian Revival 6
  17. Mythological 6
  18. Birds / Ornithology 6
  19. Sèvres 5
  20. Aesthetic Movement 3
  21. Chinoiserie 3
  22. Transitional 3
  23. Régence 3
  24. Restauration 3
  25. Russian Interest 2
  26. Gothic 2
  27. Japonisme 2
  28. Art Nouveau 2
  29. Music / Musical 2
  30. Arabesque 2
  31. Fête Galante 2
  32. Still life 1
  33. Romantic 1
  34. Academic 1
  35. Persian interest 1
  36. Georgian 1
  37. Edwardian 1
  38. Chinese Interest 1
  39. Animal / Animalier 1
  40. Islamic 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 188
  2. Marble 80
  3. Wood 57
  4. Mahogany 47
  5. Mirror 33
  6. Giltwood 32
  7. Ebonised Wood 30
  8. Marquetry 28
  9. Glass 19
  10. Brass 18
  11. Parquetry 17
  12. Porcelain 17
  13. Kingwood 16
  14. Gilt 14
  15. Patinated Bronze 13
  16. Satinwood 11
  17. Tortoiseshell 10
  18. Malachite 10
  19. Leather 10
  20. Upholstery 10
  21. Rosewood 8
  22. Onyx 8
  23. Hardstone 7
  24. Tulipwood 7
  25. Pietra Dura 7
  26. Metal 6
  27. Enamel - Champlevé 6
  28. Amboyna 5
  29. Vernis Martin 5
  30. Fruitwood 4
  31. Velvet 4
  32. Bronze 3
  33. Ebony 3
  34. Lacquer 3
  35. Pewter 3
  36. Lapis Lazuli 3
  37. Painted Wood 2
  38. Walnut 2
  39. Enamel - Cloisonné 2
  40. Scagliola 2
  41. Enamel 2
  42. Papier-mâché 1
  43. Sycamore 1
  44. Amethyst 1
  45. Ivory 1
  46. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  47. Oil on Board 1
  48. Silk 1
  49. Steel 1
  50. Silvered bronze 1
  51. Fluorspar 1
  52. Sienna Marble 1
  53. Hardwood 1
  54. Griotte Marble 1
  55. Fabric 1
  56. Faience 1
  57. Porphyry 1
Colour
  1. Gold 211
  2. Brown 131
  3. Black 50
  4. Multi-coloured 45
  5. White 36
  6. Green 35
  7. Red 26
  8. Blue 17
  9. Cream 15
  10. Grey 12
  11. Clear 11
  12. Pink 10
  13. Silver 5
  14. Yellow 5
  15. Purple 4
  16. Orange 4
  17. Metallic 3
Country Of Origin
  1. French 184
  2. Italian 19
  3. English 15
  4. Continental 4
  5. Russian 4
  6. Austrian 1
  7. German 1
  8. Persian 1
  9. Spanish 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 91
  2. 19th Century 76
  3. Early 20th Century 29
  4. 20th Century 21
  5. Early 19th Century 8
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 3
Artist / Maker
  1. Mercier Frères (French, est. 1828) 7
  2. Riesener, Jean Henri (French, 1735-1806) 6
  3. Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896) 5
  4. Au Gros Chêne (French, est. 19th Century) 5
  5. Sormani, Paul (French, 1817-1877) 5
  6. Linke, François (French, 1855-1946) 5
  7. Boulle, André-Charles (French, 1642-1732) 4
  8. Sèvres (French, founded 1738) 4
  9. Leleu, Jean-Francois (French, 1729-1807) 3
  10. Grohé, Guillaume (French, active 1829-1884) 2
  11. Zwiener Jansen Successeur (French, active late 19th / early 20th Century) 2
  12. Weisweiler, Adam (French, 1744-1820) 2
  13. Viardot, Gabriel (French, 1830-1906) 2
  14. Maison Krieger, (French, fl. 1826 - c.1910) 2
  15. Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892) 2
  16. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel (German/French, b. 1849) 2
  17. Durand et fils (French, 1890-1934) 2
  18. Giroux, Alphonse (French, 1809-1886) 2
  19. Grade, Louis (French, active 19th Century) 1
  20. Ross, Donald (British, 1830-1916) 1
  21. Benneman, Guillaume (French, 1750-post 1811) 1
  22. Carlin, Martin (French, active 1766-1785) 1
  23. Chippendale, Thomas (English, 1718-1779) 1
  24. Della Valle Brothers (Italian, fl. 19th Century) 1
  25. Deveraux (French, active 19th Century) 1
  26. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory (Austrian, founded 1718) 1
  27. Poteau, Edmond (French, fl. 1850s-1890s) 1
  28. Druce & Co (English, fl. 19th Century) 1
  29. Jennens & Bettridge (English, fl. 1815-1864) 1
  30. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. (French, fl. c 1882) 1
  31. Maison Mottheau et fils (French, 19th Century) 1
  32. Maison Millet (French, fl. 1853-1918) 1
  33. Duvinage, Ferdinand (French, 1813-1874) 1
  34. Edwards & Roberts (British, founded 1845) 1
  35. Érard (French, 1777-1971) 1
  36. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (German, founded 1763) 1

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